Michelle Sassano is an associate in the Central Valley office. She currently serves as Deputy City Attorney for the City of Arvin. She is a member of the firm’s litigation, risk management and torts, labor and employment law, and contract and public works groups. Ms. Sassano’s litigation experience includes torts liability, civil rights claims, wrongful death, excessive force, police search and seizure, premises liability, negligent supervision/child abuse, and discrimination and harassment. Ms. Sassano has seen numerous cases through trial as the handling attorney and second chair.
Ms. Sassano started her legal career in 1996 as a litigation paralegal in the area of real property and employment law. Upon starting law school, she became a law clerk in the areas of public entity defense, employment law and general business litigation. She remained a law clerk until she passed the bar in 2004.
Upon passing the bar, Ms. Sassano has focused her practice on public entities advising and defense. She has defended public entities and their employees in complex and high profile cases. Her practice has included representation of cities, counties, and school districts. She has also represented employees of public entities including police officers, deputy sheriffs, probation officers, district attorneys, correctional officers, superintendents, and teachers. She has experience in all aspects of litigation from inception to trial and appeal. She has conducted and defended numerous depositions, prepared and argued motions, mediations, settlement conferences and arbitrations. She has successfully tried cases in both state and federal court.
Ms. Sassano graduated from San Joaquin College of Law, with high honors. While in law school she was part of the San Joaquin Agricultural Law Review team. Ms. Sassano received her Bachelor’s degree in Communicative Disorders, Deaf Education. Ms. Sassano is active in community organizations and youth events. Ms. Sassano has volunteered her time to assist mock trial teams in preparing for competition in Madera County as well as a scoring attorney in Fresno competitions